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Greer v. Spock

United States Supreme Court
424 U.S. 828 (1976)


Facts

The Fort Dix Military Reservation is a United States Army post under the exclusive control of the federal government. Under Fort Dix Reg. 210-26, speeches and demonstrations of a partisan political nature are banned on Fort Dix. Spock and Hobson (plaintiffs) were candidates of the People’s Party for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States, and Jenness and Pulley (plaintiffs) were candidates of the Socialist Workers Party for the same offices. In 1972, Spock, Hobson, Jenness, and Pulley (candidates) wrote a joint letter to Major General Bert David, commanding officer of Fort Dix, informing him of their intention to enter the reservation for the purpose of distributing campaign literature and holding a meeting to discuss election issues with service personnel and their dependents. Relying on Reg. 210-26, General David rejected this request. The candidates brought suit in federal district court against Greer and other Fort Dix personnel (defendants) on the ground that this denial of entry violated their First Amendment rights. The district court entered a permanent injunction prohibiting interference with the candidates’ exercise of speech, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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